Dominoe's Journey

Dominoe came to the Shelter as a young pup in the fall of 2010. He was found near the Brookfield City Barn…covered with burrs to the point that he was unable to walk or sit down. After cleaning, trimming, and a quick vet’s “look over” it was determined that this little guy was blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other. The Shelter was not deterred by that finding as blind domestic animals can do very well with proper care and Dominoe was adorable and definitely worth saving. The biggest threat to Dominoe at this point was a virus that was threatening all the puppies at the Shelter at the time. A volunteer took Dominoe out of the Shelter environment and found another volunteer to foster him for two weeks…..the time it would take for Dominoe to be out of danger of possibly “breaking” with the virus. Dominoe stayed healthy and was returned to the Shelter and featured immediately in the Shelter’s “Pet of the Week”.

Enter….Joyce Markle
It was a Friday evening before Halloween the October of 2010. I was reading the evening paper and glanced at the “Pet of the Week” article as I always do. For some reason, the black and white dog caught my eye, reminding me of the dog featured in the old “Little Rascals” series. I had lost my sweet little Schnauzer five years earlier unexpectedly. Snickers’ death left a huge ache in my heart that led me to conclude I would never have another dog. But….looking at the picture, I seemed to have an instant inner recognition that this particular dog was supposed to be mine. I headed to the Shelter first thing on Saturday morning, but a sign said the workers would be back at 1pm. I left a message requesting they not give the dog to anyone else and went back. By 2pm, I was at Walmart purchasing food, leash, carrier, etc. So I now have this little guy in my life. His sight seems to come and go. His blue eyes process shapes on some days, and other days he bumps into things. His walks are the highlight of his life! His powerful bark is usually a good thing but sometimes scares young children.
I am so thankful to the Shelter for the work they do. Dominoe has a “masculine” presence and we’re not sure what breeds have created him so. His giant paws are fun, and his black and white markings are quite handsome. He has many admirers when we are out walking and I feel much happiness when he does that dog lie-down on his back and carries on so. I love my Dominoe!

Wishing you good times with your pet….Joyce Markle, Brookfield, MO

I rescued a human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.
I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she s

I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today.
Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past.
I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.
So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors.
So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Author unknown. Submitted by Janean Faux


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